Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter

First off, thank you all for all the sweet comments on my last post! I really appreciate each and every one of you. πŸ™‚

I’ve always loved peanut butter. Just ask my english teacher freshman year of college. I’m sure he could tell you all about my love for peanut butter since one of my papers submitted to him highlighted my passion for the nutty spread in no less than three pages. I’ll spare you the details.

Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter

What I hate is the fact that peanut butter and other nut butters get a bad wrap because they’re “fattening”. Yes, they have a considerable amount of fat, but fat is healthy for us. You probably already know this, but just in case you’re ever tempted to buy fat free packaged foods, remember that most fat free foods are loaded with added sugar to replace the fat. One exception is reduced fat dairy. I do tend to go with reduced fat versions of plain Greek yogurt, but that’s really the only thing. Dietary fats are important in our diets for many reasons – the maintenance of healthy skin, immune function, as well as the development of the brain and visual systems. They’re a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K and lastly, they make things taste good and keep you feeling full.

I can’t say all this without mentioning that all fats aren’t created equal – you should try to stick with unsaturated fats (poly and mono) and decrease your consumption of trans and saturated fats (except coconut oil). I like getting my healthy fats from nuts, seeds (chia seeds!), avocados and olive and coconut oil as well as seafood.

So there your have it, eat your healthy fats! Just be sure to watch your portion sizes because foods high in fat are typically calorie dense as well. A little goes a long way.

This little jar of homemade cinnamon vanilla coconut peanut butter is how I’ve been getting my fat in this week.

It’s creamy with a little crunch from the dried coconut and sweetness from the vanilla and cinnamon. The best part is that it was super easy to make. A few minutes in the processor and voila – creamy peanut butter. I think I’m in love!

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Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter and Balls


Description

You can make homemade peanut butters in a food processor (affiliate link) or in a high powdered blender like a Vita-Mix.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts (I used home-cooked unsalted Virginia peanuts)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened dried coconut

Instructions

  1. Place peanuts in a food processor (affiliate link) and process for 10 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides. Add cinnamon and vanilla and began processing again — about 2 minutes. Once the peanut butter has reached your desired consistency, turn machine off and stir in dried coconut.
  2. Store in a air-tight container.

Because I was feeling extra ambitious in the kitchen, I decided to use homemade peanut butter (a plain variety) to make some peanut butter balls inspired by these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Bake Balls. When Gina said they tasted like Reese’s peanut butter cups (my favorite candy growing up) I knew I needed to make them.

 

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  1. When your recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut PB popped up, I absolutely had to try it. Four of my favorite flavors in one protein packed jar? Too good to be true. I didn’t have any peanuts on hands though so I substituted almonds. It turned out super creamy and DELICIOUS! Now I’m looking for excuses to put it on all my snacks. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These look way too good! I’ve always wanted to make some homemade PB, but don’t have a proper food processor! And I don’t think my mini one would be up to the task… Until I get one, I’ll just have to make the balls with the store-bought kind… still great, I’m sure!

  3. I LOVE peanut butter too, but it’s not just the fat content that’s giving it a bad wrap – I’ve also read that they also tend to have high levels of carcinogenic aflatoxins. o.O One reference is : http://whole9life.com/2009/12/peanut-manifesto/ (I could cry.)

    That being said, I still do enjoy my natural PB occasionally, just not every day as I used to πŸ™

  4. This recipe looks amazing – I did not even know that you could make your own peanut butter (and customize it) so easily! Cannot wait to try it πŸ™‚

  5. Looks so delicious! I will be making both of these for sure πŸ™‚

    I have to ask (since I love it sooo much) where can I get a cute little bird spoon like the one you have in your PB picture? I want one so bad! (I too love birdies) πŸ˜€

  6. These look good!

    The first homemade pb I ever had was from raw peanuts, only. And it was the first pb I ever liked, too! Now I will eat it when I make it with roasted peanuts, but nothing else added.

    I like the idea of adding coconut.

  7. Both sound fantastic! Can’t wait to try them. I love PB from the VitaMix! Thanks for the ideas and the healthy fats info!

  8. Oh man! Add coconut to anything and I’ll try it! That sounds tasty, actually both recipes d. I’m gonna have to forward the Reese’s-esque recipe to my dad. It’s one if his childhood favorites but he doesn’t like it anymore because it no longer tastes the same (probably not the same ingredients/recipe). I just made some homemade almond butter, and next time I want to make a variation of your recipe using the almond butter.

    xo, have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Your homemade peanut butter looks so yummy! I still haven’t used the new food processor we got for the wedding, I didn’t realize it was so easy to make your own peanut butter so we’ll have to try that!

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